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New nurse role aims to boost epilepsy services

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Juliet Ashton has been appointed as the first ever national commissioning nurse for epilepsy.

As sapphire nurse consultant for epilepsy commissioning, she will be providing expert advice and support to clinical commissioning groups with the aim of improving local services and outcomes.

The role is the first of its kind for neurology and is being funded by charities the Epilepsy Society and Epilepsy Action.

Ms Ashton has more than 25 years of experience in neurology nursing, including specialist nursing roles in multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injury and Parkinson’s disease.

She said: “More recently I’ve been involved in the setting up of the ‘epilepsy alliance’ between the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse Association and Epilepsy Action. This role is taking that work one step further.

“I feel privileged to have been appointed to the first nurse commissioning role of its kind in neurology,” she said. “I will be identifying areas of best practice as well as possible gaps in service provision.”

Ms Ashton added: “Epilepsy specialist nurses are a core element of better services. Evidence shows that the appointment of an epilepsy specialist nurse is a catalyst for service improvement, often leading to a reduction in inappropriate admissions to hospitals.”


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